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Tanglewood 2015
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm
Sundays at 2:30pm

Lion's Gate at Tanglewood

During the 2015 Tanglewood season, hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the radio and online, live from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm, with hosts Ron Della Chiesa and Brian McCreath. See the full Tanglewood broadcast schedule below.

Learn more about the entire Tanglewood season in a conversation with Tanglewood Music Center Director Ellen Highstein, and to plan your own visit to the Berkshires, visit the Tanglewood Box Office.

Hear archival recordings from the Tanglewood Music Center, in celebration of the TMC's 75th anniversary.

See the final installment of New Tanglewood Tales, the video series that documents the experiences of six Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center:

(image of Lion's Gate at Tanglewood by Stu Rosner, courtesy of the BSO)

Broadcast Schedule

Ken-David Masur

Friday, July 31

Ken-David Masur conducts Weber's Overture to Die Freischütz, Schubert's Symphony No. 4, the Tragic, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, the Emperor, with soloist Garrick Ohlsson.

Andris Nelsons

Saturday, August 1

Music Director Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in Beethoven's "Triple" Concerto, with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, violinist Renaud Capuçon, and cellist Gautier Capuçon, and the Symphony No. 10 by Shostakovich.

Yo-Yo Ma

Sunday, August 2

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and BSO Principal Violist Steven Ansell are the soloists in Richard Strauss's Don Quixote, and Andris Nelsons conducts Haydn's Symphony No. 90 and Brett Dean's Dramatis personae, with trumpet soloist Håkan Hardenberger.

Charles Dutoit

Friday, August 7

Charles Dutoit leads the BSO in Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, the Violin Concerto by Sibelius, with soloist Leonidas Kavakos, and Stravinsky's Petrushka.

Andris Nelsons

Saturday, August 8

In a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Tanglewood Music Center, Andris Nelsons conducts the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and TMC Alumni, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Chorus, and the American Boychoir in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8, the "Symphony of a Thousand," with a cast of soloists that includes soprano Erin Wall, tenor Klaus Forian Vogt, and baritone Matthias Goerne.

Joshua Bell

Sunday, August 9

Joshua Bell is the soloist in the Violin Concerto by Glazunov, and Charles Dutoit conducts the BSO in Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain and the Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz.

Christian Tetzlaff

Friday, August 14

Christian Tetzlaff is the soloist in the Violin Concerto by Mendelssohn, and Andris Nelsons conducts the Symphony No. 6 by Mahler.

Kristine Opolais

Saturday, August 15

Soprano Kristine Opolais is the soloist in "L'altra note infondo al mare," from Boito's opera Mefistofele, and the Willow Song and "Ave Maria" from Verdi's Otello, and Andris Nelsons conducts Barber's Second Essay for Orchestra, the Intermezzo from Puccini's Manon Lescaut, and Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben.

Asher Fisch

Sunday, August 16

Asher Fisch conducts the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in Copland's Symphonic Ode, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, including the "Ode to Joy," with soprano Julianna di Giacomo, mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum, tenor Paul Groves, bass-baritone John Relyea, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra's 2015-2016 Season

Andris Nelsons

The second year of the partnership of Music Director Andris Nelsons and the BSO is marked by an extensive concert and recording project centered on music by Shostakovich, thematic programs that celebrate Shakespeare, new works that highlight the compositional voices of our time, and several appearances by favorite guest artists and conductors.

Here are some highlights of the season:

Opening Weekend
The first concerts of the season (Oct. 1-3) consist of an All-Russian program that includes Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Evgeny Kissin and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances.

Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow
This multi-year concert and recording initiative with Music Director Andris Nelsons, in collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon, includes, during the coming season, Dmitri Shostakovich's

  • Symphony No. 9 (Oct. 1-3),
  • Symphony No. 5 (Nov. 19-21),
  • Suite from the incidental music to Hamlet (Feb. 4-6), and
  • Symphony No. 8 (Mar. 24-29).

Celebrating William Shakespeare
For the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, Andris Nelsons conducts three programs of thematic concerts that include

  • Weber's Oberon Overture, Henze's Symphony No. 8, and Mendelssohn's incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream (Jan. 28-Feb. 2),
  • Shostakovich's Suite from the incidental music to Hamlet, Abrahamsen's let me tell you, and Prokofiev's Suite from Romeo and Juliet (Feb. 4-6), and
  • Strauss's Macbeth, Dvorák's Othello Overture, the world premiere of Sonnets, Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra, by George Tsontakis (featuring BSO English horn soloist Robert Sheena), and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet (Feb. 11-13).

Strauss's Elektra
With many of the same voices that were made Strauss's Salome a highlight of 2014, Andris Nelsons conducts Strauss's equally devastating Elektra (Oct. 15 & 17).

Music of Our Time
Continuing the BSO's legacy of showcasing new music, Andris Nelsons leads the orchestra in the BSO co-commissioned Divisions, by Sebastian Currier, and the  American premiere of Giya Kancheli’s Dixi for chorus and orchestra, featuring the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

In addition, Ken-David Masur conducts the American premiere of Unsuk Chin's Mannequin, Stéphane Denève conducts Jennifer Higdon's Blue Cathedral and the Violin Concerto by John Williams (with soloist Gil Shaham), and Christoph von Dohnányi conducts the world premiere of Frédéric Neuburger's Aube, a BSO commission.

Guest Soloists and Conductors
Many of the BSO's most inspired collaborators return during 2015-2016, including conductors Bernard Haitink, Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnányi, Stéphane Denève, and Vladimir Jurowski. And guest soloists include, among many others, pianists Murray Perahia, Paul Lewis, and Garrick Ohlsson, violinists Gil Shaham and Isabelle Faust, and soprano Reneé Fleming.

For more details on all the performances and to purchase tickets, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra Box Office.

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